of the Lakes Meet
Poem of Introduction
on 6 February 1989
comes Suzanne sweet
the land where the great lakes meet
is known for the snow and sleet.
her native Canadian cold
venture to the burning tropics, she is bold,
the ways of the Old World to behold.
would have been years ago,
her beloved land sadly, though,
not for her hubby’s woe.
her you see the best of women of this country
loyal, industrious, and thinking free –
old Pennsylvania Dutch ancestry.
many would have gone the easy way,
stood by me without sway,
our world once in shambles lay.
believer among the People of the Book,
timely assistance like Waraqah ibn Naufal’s in
help a man that the world forsook.
traits that are best but hidden in me,
brought out for all to see,
which I should thankful be.
is a woman with a heart of gold,
never lets one be in the cold –
in generosity and kind as the gentle Ruth of old.
her smile and happy laughter, all she would win,
I’m happy that she is now with our kith and kin,
receive in return the gratitude in my heart within.
Annotation: Suzanne was a believing Christian.
The "People of the Book" is a koranic
term for those who believe in the Gospel and the
Torah. In the poem, Abdul Rasheed was likening
his wife to Waraqah son of Naufal, a Christian
monk who was a kinsman of Khadija daughter of
Khuwailad, wife of the Mohamed. Waraqah came to
the rescue of Mohamed when his idolatrous fellow
countrymen persecuted him for preaching the creed
of Abraham. This is a poem of many, interesting